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Defending champion successfully defends Ladies title at Royal Dornoch Golf Club

By Will Clark

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CAITLIN Boa successfully defended her Royal Dornoch Ladies Club title last weekend.

Scratch champion is Caitlin Boa and handicap champion Rhianna Mackay.
Scratch champion is Caitlin Boa and handicap champion Rhianna Mackay.

The 23-year-old saw off the challenge of Cara Thompson by 4 and 2 in the final to retain her crown and win the trophy for the second time.

The UHI leadership and management masters student from Dornoch kept her composure to get through the qualifying rounds as one of the top four players and make it to the semi final.

Boa defeated Alison Bartlett in the semi final before winning against Thompson in the final, who is a former champion.

Boa says she knew she had to play well to see off the challenge of Thompson and was pleased with how she performed in her successful defence of the trophy.

She also paid tribute to Thompson saying she is one of the reasons she has become the player she has today.

“With Cara, she has won it so many times before and she is a really good friend of mine from playing so much golf together," she said.

“I probably wouldn’t be so good if I had not played as much with her and she is someone who I have looked up to."

Speaking about her performance, she said: “It was a good but tough day in the wind. But I couldn’t have asked to have played any better.”

Boa first got involved in golf taking her first lessons when she was in primary five when was taught by current Royal Dornoch club captain Willie MacKay.

Since then she has not looked back and gone on to achieve success at club level, saying winning the title at Royal Dornoch was one of her golfing ambitions.

“I remember in a winter development program I always said that I wanted to win the club championship.

“I don’t have any big amateur aspirations and don’t want to become a professional player.

“I just enjoy playing golf, I just want to remain competitive at club level and I will be quite happy with that.”

Boa is now preparing for the North of Scotland Ladies Championship at Blairgowrie in July.

Meanwhile Rhianna Mackay won the handicap championship.

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